escalating tension in syria, again taking its toll on stocks with major losses already today overseas. in the u.s., all indices down at the closing bell yesterday. the dow lost 170 points. the nasdaq closed down 79 points. now, the price of oil, that shot up to its highest level in a year and a half, to $112 a barrel. gold, a classic haven for investors during troubled times, it's now up 20% since mid-june. gold edged up to $1,423 an ounce yesterday. a new school year getting under way, there's more and more word, now, that kids are voting with their taste buds against the federal lunch program. federal officials athey're aware that some school districts are dropping out of the program. and the reason is simple. kids don't like what's on the menu and are not buying it.